Mara’s Miami Drop-Off Look.

unnamedMara. Marin County. Spring 2014. Fashion Shot: Eric Tabora

Fashion Notes: Jacket: MCM, Dress: American Apparel, Handbag: Chanel, Shoes: Elizabeth and James, Glasses: Giorgio Armani Aviators, Cuff: Turchin Jewelry

I’m loving my MCM Jacket – it’s so 1980’s, you have to love it.  I am usually not inclined to wear something swimming in logos, but this jacket has hints of humor – I am probably the only one who is in on the joke – – but it’s not cheesy, I swear!

The drop-off style of Miami moms, is really like no other.  Most likely, if you visit Miami, you will feel underdressed and frumpy – not because you are at all, but merely because Miami has a population of women who dress up – even to drop their kids off at school.  You will see stilettos at 7:00 am and curve hugging fabrics – – picture Sofia Vergara waiting at the school entrance to drop off her son.  Yup. I’m serious.

In some ways I really miss that Miami glamour – we have the Latin population to thank for that, but It’s also nice to be able to roll out of bed sometimes, and still feel halfway decent….ummm thank you Northern California.

Here’s a shot of me in my Miami look, if I were to go all out at Drop-Off.  I have another photo in the Mara Style Section of me wearing the identical look, only with a hippie fringe bag, and rock-n-roll boots – it’s pretty unbelievable how those two accessories, changed my entire look…Personally, I feel much more comfortable wearing ankle boots with a dress this short and tight.  Ankle boots really help balance a look that screams “too much”.

Haute Soccer. Land of “hip” Beer Drop-Off.

DSC_1139DSC_1141Courtney. Lagunitas, California. April 2014.

Courtney grew up in Seattle, where she claims people dress for comfort and weather- – -can you imagine? I know.  I also was shocked.  Brands like North Face, Lands End and Patagonia rule the fashion scene.  But as I analyzed Courtney’s comments, and went to a much deeper fashion place..I realized Courtney grew up in an important city responsible for one of the most talked about period in fashion history..GRUNGE.

In the 1990’s, the entire fashion industry took cue and designed complete collections based on what was on the streets and music clubs in Seattle.  And more amazing is that Seattle is still impacting fashion, open any magazine, walk around any cosmopolitan city..and Grunge is everywhere.  Personally, I adore this look.

As most of you know, I have issue looking tailored and totally put together.  Like my personality, messy is just me..I look unkempt naturally (wild wavy hair), so why not go with what suits me? So I am thrilled that a city like Seattle loosened up the “perfect” styles that sauntered down the runways, and made way for high end designers to create ripped Jeans at a price of $400.00 –  the more distressed the garment, the higher the price tag.

My advice before word gets out, run to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill or local used clothing store and grab the grungy looks before the “people” catch on!!

This photo was taken in a cool area outside of San Francisco, Lagunitas.  Most of you know the beer Lagunitas, and this is the town it’s brewed.  Lagunitas is a true hippie area, gorgeous nature, lots of bearded men, small local stores and a real sense of community.  People i’ve met who grew up in this town, seem to have parents who are musicians, and were raised on a tour bus part of their lives..

Most of them continue to ask ME tons of questions about my wild childhood being raised by an accountant and a social worker – – -They don’t even know how crazy my house got, family meetings to discuss our feelings and if you threw away a receipt, whoa you were dead meat – my dad needed those..all of them.

Good day I funny? I think so.

Fashion Notes: hooded white washed jean/sweatshirt jacket: Free People, Pants: Lululemon Studio Pants, Gray Moccasins: Minnetonka, T-shirt: Gap, Sunglasses: Giorgio Armani. Kid: vintage soccer jacket

Haute New Year 2014. Gold. Denim. Hair. Drop-Off gets Urban.


Mara. Poolside in Coral Gables, Florida. January 2014.

I wanted to wish you all a really Happy New Year.  The sign I am holding, held unintentionally upside down by me, was so humorous, I decided to refrain from editing.  I hope all of us have a year filled with new experiences, great health, happiness and an acceptance that things are upside down sometimes, which can make life more fun!!

Fashion Notes: I am channeling my urban early 1990’s look, denim shirt by Banana Republic which I cut in half to crop, Shorts: American Apparel  – they make great high waisted and super short shorts for those that love em’ short, handbag: Mochila from Colombia, earrings: streets vender in Soho, and kicks are by Ash, purchased at Consign of the Times in Miami, Rings: vintage from my and amethyst. Sunglasses: Giorgio Armani from Nordstrom. I am also wearing 4 gold vintage bangles given to my by my mother and grandmother.  I’ve decided I am going to wear my special stuff, and enjoy it, instead of leaving it in a safe…jewelry should be worn and enjoyed, otherwise it’s pointless.  It’s special to know i’m wearing the same bracelet my mom rocked in the 80’s or my grandmother in the 60’s.

Thank you for being fans of Haute Drop-Off.  2014 will bring more Haute style and Haute writing from me..thanks for the love.. wishing you all lots of love and kisses.


Here is a photo from Marie Claire this month, this is a look that I love. Denim and Gold with amazing hair and red lips.. The 1990’s is really influencing the runway now, hair is bigger or braided, but not big like the 80’s and not braided like the 90’s.  Braids are tight and take influence from urban neighborhoods where girls sport cornrows and braids.  The big hair is wavy and wild, it’s even half up to make it higher, but remember this is not like 80’s huge hair.  My photo is a very low-key version of this look, just for hanging out at the pool with the kids.  But look for me with my cornrows and huge gold earrings and lots’o denim this year….